Anne Macmillan – Little Lakes


Anne Macmillan, documentation from LIttle Lake 44.668333,-63.936111, 2013.


Within the Halifax Regional Municipality alone, there are over twenty individual lakes with the singular title of Little. Regardless of the fact that these Little Lakes are clearly distinct from one another in location, scale and shape – they are descriptively united under one physically illustrative title.

During the Fieldwork residency the artist will visit each of these Little Lakes. By swimming as a method of analyzing, she will gather both longitude and latitude data as well as depth information by tracing the inside perimeter of the bodies of water. Using the collected data, 3D mapped drawings of the swims from each lake will be created and compared.

The drawings can be read as the result of a compromise between the physical boundaries of the lake and of the artist’s body. By accurately swimming a path within the perimeter of each Little Lake, one may then compare the already approximate mapping of the lake’s edge with the optimal swimmable perimeter within.




Anne Macmillan has worked in Halifax, Nova Scotia, since graduating from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2009. She grew up in Wolfville, Nova Scotia with motorbikes, dairy farms and apple orchards. Anne is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, and will continue her studies in the graduate program Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) in the Fall of 2013 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Anne has received production grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Nova Scotia Council on Communities Culture and Heritage. Through process driven investigations she takes methods of acquiring, analyzing and understanding objects in nature as subject matter for her work. Anne is interested in ambivalence, edges, descriptions and limits.



Fieldwork is a series of residencies taking place throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality from April to August 2013. The residency program provides a context for the work of artists who employ research methodologies and fieldwork practices generally associated with the natural and social sciences.

The sites and locations for public access to the artists’ projects are determined by the artists and the project coordinator and will be updated and publicized over the duration of the residencies.

Participating artists are the Artifact Institute (Adam Kelly (Halifax, NS) and Tim Dallett (Montreal, QC)), Anne Macmillan (Halifax, NS), and Kelly Andres (Montreal, QC). The project coordinator is Wes Johnston (Halifax, NS).

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This project has received support from HRM Open Projects and Arts Nova Scotia in partnership with Dalhousie Art Gallery.

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